You ever find yourself in an unexpected place? A place of unfamiliar or a place of, “Oh no! How did I get here?” Or, maybe a place of, “How in the world did all this happen?” Or, maybe just a place of following God in obedience and it does not look anything like you thought it would?
I am sitting in one of those places right now. Literally sitting in a coffee shop, borrowing the wifi and wondering what each new day will bring. Nothing is tragically wrong at all— I am just a little unsure. My family and I are in an unfamiliar place. A place of uncertainty. A place of endless possibility and a complete and total dependence on God.
My husband and I have followed the calling of God and accepted a job as the student ministers at a church in Rome, Georgia. It’s a wonderful feeling to follow God’s will and we know, without a shadow of doubt, that we belong here. We believe God is going to do a great work in us first, then make His name known. You see that unfamiliar “how-is-this-so-feeling” is the place where God gets to do a work in us.
My residence at the moment has the most stunning view. I enjoy sitting on the porch and looking out into the green pasture and over to the hills that are covered with trees. Each morning I get up early and eagerly await the sun to rise over the top of that mountain. I grab my coffee and my Bible and I wait. As the sky turns from dark to light and God paints in beautiful pinks and blues, my heart swells with gratitude. Then just like that the sun peaks over the top and its like I can hear all creation singing “it’s a new day and it’s beautiful.” It truly is beautiful and I am awestruck with wonder and filled to the brim with hope.
Hope that today will be better than yesterday. I smile and remember a verse that is very familiar to me in Psalm. I turn to it, read it, and tuck it away in my heart:
I life my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
These verses remind me that God is always there. He has me. He is my help. The God that created that beautiful sunrise I get to enjoy each day made me. He planned each day out for me and no matter what life brings He is watching over me.
Hope, that even though I am in Georgia and my husband is in Louisiana wrapping things up— God is with me. Hope, that even though I am more tired than I have ever been, God is not sleeping but caring for me. Watching over me and guiding me everyday. I just need to lift my eyes to the hills and see He is good. A good God who loves me and has good things for me.
Sweet friends, I hope these beautiful words penned in Psalm bring you comfort and hope. To know that no matter what state your marriage is in right now that God is watching you. He is the Maker of heaven and Earth and He is watching over you.
I pray that if you are finding yourself in that place of, “what’s happening here?”, that you remember God wants to do a work in your heart. He longs to make you and your marriage whole. He longs to make himself known in your marriage—and to the world. God wants to take your relationships and turn them into living breathing testimonies of His great name!
So for now I sit and wait. Wait for the sunrise, look to the hills, remember that God is always there and allow myself to soak up every bit of God’s love. Friend, if I could see you I would hug you and tell you, its going to be ok— our God has this!
He is our Help.